Expensive insurance: Ravens sign Marc Bulger

The Ravens have decided to go for broke.

The trendy preseason Super Bowl pick agreed to terms with former Rams quarterback Marc Bulger on Wednesday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.  Baltimore will pay Bulger $3.8 million, a remarkable figure for a backup quarterback. (Michael Vick disagrees.)

The move says a lot.  Should Joe Flacco get hurt, the team doesn’t trust Troy Smith or John Beck enough to play on a team with championship aspirations.

We also wonder if the move was designed to push Flacco, while simultaneously providing him some veteran expertise that has been lacking in Baltimore the last few years.

Bulger hoped for a chance to start elsewhere, but one never materialized.  Instead, he will chase a Super Bowl ring as a backup.

Somewhere, Matt Leinart just cracked open a cold one.

75 responses to “Expensive insurance: Ravens sign Marc Bulger

  1. Bulger isn’t any insurance better than Troy Smith.. If St.Louis get’s rid of you that doesn’t bode much for how good you are..

  2. As remarkable as Seattle having a $5 million backup QB?
    Oh well, I guess to Paul Allen it’s only money.

  3. As a Ravens fan, I did not see this one coming…
    Sorry Troy, but your services will no longer be required…

  4. This is a good move. He is hopefully never going to play, but at least he has played and should be able to provide some advice and comp for Troy Smith, no disrespect to John Beck who now most likley will ot make the team and was on the bubble anyway.

  5. “Instead, he will chase a Super Bowl ring as a backup.”
    There’s a big difference between chasing something and being pulled.

  6. its just a strong vet leader for flacco to learn from,like the move alot,now drop troy and beck

  7. “Bulger hoped for a chance to start elsewhere, but one never materialized. Instead, he will chase a Super Bowl ring as a backup.”
    ______________________________________
    An expensive-ass one.

  8. Not a Ravens fan but…good move. With the stable of receivers this could really help the Ravens. Not a Flacco believer whatsoever.

  9. Talk about a slap in the face to Troy Smith . Why didnt they trade him when he requested it ? Now they dont trust Troy to be the back up ? lol That wont go over well in the locker room . Good way to start the season off . KNOCK KNOCK . Here come the Steelers

  10. KNOCK KNOCK . Here come the Steelers
    _____
    That has to be Big Ben’s entrance in to the rest room..

  11. Cincinnasty .. What till he rapes your secondary this season . Last season was a fluke . Now its time for the big boys to step up and play .

  12. @Cincinnasty
    Cincinnasty says: June 23, 2010 6:28 PM
    KNOCK KNOCK . Here come the Steelers
    _____
    That has to be Big Ben’s entrance in to the rest room..
    Very rarely are the readers comments on this site funny, let alone make me chuckle … but your comment literally broke me … well done sir, well done.

  13. Here come the Steelers? The Steelers have been here for 40 years. They haven’t and won’t leave. Maybe not always champions, but always in the mix. Even in a God-awful, terrible, humiliating and abnormally down year like 2009 when they finish 9-7 and finish in a 4 way, multi-level tiebreaker for 2 playoff spots.
    But Bulger IS a pretty good backup for the Ravens. No disrespect there.

  14. Flacco takes the step up to the pro bowl this year. Mark my words. He will be a top 10 QB before you know it. Sorry Stealer fans, you haven’t know what its like to have a top 10 QB since Bradshaw was in town…

  15. Why didn’t the Ravens try to trade Troy when they could have gotten something in return? They now have 4qb’s.It really is a slap in the face to Troy.But maybe they don’t trust Flacco either because I don’t….maybe me and the Ravens have something in common?

  16. Wow this is one of the last teams I expected to sign him. I thought maybe Cardinals, Eagles, or any team without a real starting QB

  17. KNOCK KNOCK. Here come the Steelers.

    Um, can you come back later? We’re busy right now with this whole Super Bowl thing.

  18. minhw0714 says:
    June 23, 2010 6:03 PM
    This is an indictment of Flacco. Period. Call it what you want.
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    Yeah, the same way auto insurance is an indictment of your driving.

  19. Bulger was never an option in Arizona. This was stated numerous times from the Cardinals organization.

  20. Cincinnasty,
    The Rams released Bulger due to the 8 million he was going to make. Bulger is definitely an upgrade over Troy Smith. I’m no Ravens fan, but now they’re QB depth chart will read Flacco/Bulger/Smith. Not bad at all. Once again, Newsome proves that he’s an elite GM in this league.

  21. steeltownpride:Talk about a slap in the face to Troy Smith . Why didnt they trade him when he requested it ? Now they dont trust Troy to be the back up ? lol That wont go over well in the locker room . Good way to start the season off . KNOCK KNOCK . Here come the Steelers
    This is some of the most profound logic that I’ve ever come across. I’ve always thought Steeler fans weren’t intelligent, but after reading this, I digress.

  22. Cincinnasty,
    The Rams released Bulger due to the 8 million he was going to make. Bulger isn’t what he once was, but he’s definitely an upgrade over Troy Smith. I’m no Ravens fan, but now they’re QB depth chart will read Flacco/Bulger/Smith. Not bad at all. Once again, Newsome proves that he’s an elite GM in this league.

  23. Great move by the Ravens! Bulger is a quality guy and a great QB. Flacco will benefit from his presence as a vet, a leader and an accurate QB.

  24. Ozzie is rarely wrong..
    1 title and the guy walks on water..that was yrs ago..
    wake up, Flacco sucks

  25. he’s not going to be competing with flacco he is just injury insurance like hamlin is to reed. flacco has never missed a game his entire nfl career. Bulger will provide a veteran savvy and leadership for the young stable of qbs. The ravens have great depth in just about every area.

  26. i think its a good sign that flacco is only in his 3rd year and he already has so many haters,i will say though,he does need to start earning his bones against the top tier teams,GO RAVENS!!

  27. I bet Matt Leinart is pounding some brews tonight. He’ll keep his job at least temporarily…..

  28. Cincinnasty says:
    June 23, 2010 6:28 PM
    KNOCK KNOCK . Here come the Steelers
    _____
    That has to be Big Ben’s entrance in to the rest room..
    ——————————————
    HAHAHA…Funniest post I’ve read all day. Bravo sir!

  29. Good move, Ravens. That’s a solid backup. The only thing I could see is now Joey Checkdown might be looking over his back, knowing darn well if he doesn’t take advantage of his situation, there’s a former pro bowler behind him.

  30. steeltownpride says:
    June 23, 2010 6:18 PM
    Talk about a slap in the face to Troy Smith . Why didnt they trade him when he requested it ? Now they dont trust Troy to be the back up ? lol That wont go over well in the locker room . Good way to start the season off . KNOCK KNOCK . Here come the Steelers
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    Why wouldn’t this go over well in the locker room? They’ve just added a proven quarterback to back up Flacco. I think that will go over quite well. I agree, this is a good way to start off the season…

  31. Bulger? OK…free Troy Smith!
    The Ravens are a paper tiger. Let the implosion begin.
    By the way…Happy Birthday, Art Modell. Enjoy your last year on earth….you lying, swindling SOB!

  32. lol @ u steeler fans thinking that we actually look at your team as competition this year. here come the stoolers? oooohhh were all scared! our competition in 2010 within the afcn is cincinatti….period. STEELERS….you are a pure afterthought

  33. Anyone who thinks that Bulger is going to push Flacco is a moron and i hate the Ravens. The Ravens may be looking to trade Troy Smith or Ozzie may just be looking to add a valuable veteran to a team that should compete for the superbowl. If Flacco goes down can Troy Smith lead them to the superbowl? I don’t think Bulger can either but he is more likely to do it than Smith or Beck.

  34. KNOCK KNOCK . Here come the Steelers
    funny how everyone in the north wants to forget about the Bengals, and their D, who neither of you could score on last year. guess what… they’re all coming back…

  35. Advo,
    Where do you East Coast guys come up with this garbage?
    Seattle is only paying Whitehurst 3 million that can go as high as 4 million if he makes certain incentives, like playing time.

  36. @Cincinnasty
    “That has to be Big Ben’s entrance in to the rest room..”
    LOL. Ben does give the courtesy of knocking. He just goes in shlong first.

  37. Somewhere, Matt Leinart just cracked open a cold one.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    And somewhere Joe “The Unibrow Bomber” Flacco felt a chill go up his spine.

  38. Good move.
    Pricey, but good. Bulger is good enough to win with this team if Flacco misses time.
    God! What a great gig! Be a backup QB. Make serious jack. Hold a clip board. Get first crack at the Gatorade. Have a great seat and don’t even need to shower. Can I be backup QB?

  39. This was a smart move. Flacco gets some vet guidance on the bench, and we don’t have to hear about Troy Smith whining for a trade anymore because his ass be be cut soon! And IF something does happen to Flacco, Bulger can step in and handle business, and for those who talk how terrible he is? Come on, dude had the worst O line and WRs the past 3+ years!
    And Steelers/ Bungul fans: do not misconstrue this move. This is not Flacco’s job at risk. This is not trying to put the heat on him. This is merely guidance and assurance that if push comes to shove and Flacco goes down, we won’t miss a beat! Trust me, you will all be avoiding Ravens blogs like the plague after Flacco starts lighting all of your D’s up like a Christmas tree!!

  40. I like the moveT the NFL is all about competition at your position. All 3 QBs were put on notice today. No more time for development, it’s time to show and prove. BTW Troy Smith has the least to worry about in this scenario. His skill set is different that Flacco, Beck, and Bulger (no homo just in case). I think Beck has to be worried. His only asset is that he knows the offense and is a veteran presence for Flacco to learn from. And that “veteren presense” is what Bulger brings to the table.

  41. Bulger has been physically and mentally beat up in Saint Louis for several years. This is a perfect gig for him-a chance to still be on an NFL roster, give his body and spirit a chance to heal, while still being able to make his Mercedes payments. After this season of drinking Gatorade and wearing a hoodie, he will be more physically able to showcase his skills and sell himself as a starter. However, given his age and limitations of his game, his full-time starter days may be over.
    Bulger is a pure drop-back passer, who would have trouble outrunning a fire hydrant. He does not throw as well on the run, and needs a strong running game to fall back on. His skills are a good fit on a Ravens team that expects to run the ball quite a bit. This is a great move by the Ravens, even though the price tag is high. A team cannot afford NOT to have a high quality backup QB.
    I predict that the Ravens will coast to the Division title, with a record of 11-5.

  42. A real surprise! Bulger is a good addition to most teams. Perhaps, the Ravens will do the right thing and release Troy Smith now. Troy wouldn’t be the first quarterback to be marginalized in Baltimore. Chris Redman, anyone?
    I know Bulger will be a backup but he may also fill in for Flacco at times. Flacco gets frustrated at times and then you see him on the sidelines yelling at his offensive coordinator. Bulger is a little cooler under fire. I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.
    GO STEELERS!

  43. $3.8 million to sign on as a backup? Every NFL player should take note and consider changing agents.

  44. Seriously, the franchise was buiilt around Flacco and based on his last two years this is the year he leads his team to the SB and himself to a Pro Bowl. With the NFL hype machine and the team the ravens have he’ll be in MVP conversations. If he gets hurt Bulger will be there to keep things rolling along.
    By that time smitty will have crawled to cleveland to take then take a greyhound to akron so he can spend his days teaching gym

  45. Good move by the Ravens…as a cross town fan of the Skins, i must say that our Baltimore neighbors are gonna whoop some ass this year, AFC better watch out

  46. @Raven Maniac
    Flacco posted QB ratings of 48.3 and 70.1 in 2 losses to the BUNGALS. The BUNGALS picked your QB off 4 times, sacked him 6 times, and held him to 1 TD in 2 games. I don’t think the BUNGALS are too worried about him this year. The Ravens trading for Bolden has them getting picked by all the media “experts” as a lock for the SB. But Bolden will be covered by either Leon Hall or JJoe when we see ya and I like that matchup personally.

  47. This was a move to backup Joe Flacco. Smith is gone. The reason he wasn’t traded is that NO ONE was even willing to give a 5th round pick for him. Beck is the pine grabber. Smith is see you later. Which is good because he is an asshole who is disrespected by the large majority of the lockerroom. His Heisman is worthless in the NFL.

  48. Flacco is a legit QB. Go ahead haters, give me all the reasons he sucks. Bottom line, he has a 23-14 career record as a starter (post-season is 3-2) and has had a marginal receiving corp for both of his seasons in the league. He was thrown into the starting role due to injuries and that has been the best thing to happen to the Ravens since the 2000 Super Bowl.
    Some people think that if a QB doesn’t provide fantasy points, that he is no good. He has proven himself a winner with mediocre (besides Mason) receivers.
    To the person who called him Joey Checkdown. I would be checking down too if I had Ray ‘YAC’ Rice in the backfield.
    I am not going to crown the guy with a pro bowl or SB prediction, he has to earn that, but people sleep on what he has accomplished in only 2 years. You will not find too many others with these types of accomplishments in the history of the league.
    Let’s be clear, Bulger is in B-more for insurance only. They believe they have a legitimate contender and are making moves to ensure that one injury doesn’t change that.

  49. This signing tells me 2 things:
    1) The Ravens are not yet completely sold on Joe Flacco.
    2) They have become aware that their defense is quickly aging and is no longer what it used to be. They need to win NOW and if Flacco goes down they need someone who can pick up and win this season.
    People have been saying this for a while, maybe now Ravens fans will listen.

  50. I love listening to Bungal fans.. what exactly have they ever won? That’s right.. NOTHING. Steelers fans can say whatever they want, they have that right. But what the hell has Cincinatti won, other than the #1 pick in drafts.. and looking at the Bungals draft picks overall.. Big Daddy? Akili Smith? David Klinger? Ki-Jana Carter? You’re a loser franchise, you always have been and you always will be. You will not win a Super Bowl in your lifetime, which has to suck for you.

  51. @Stillerz – whistling past the graveyard? what this tells me is that the Ravens think they have a real shot to win it all this year. They are totally sold on Flacco, but realize that few QB’s make it through every season without missing snaps or games. Flacco really could have sat down last year for a game or two after the Vikings game, but Troy Smith and John Beck weren’t the answer. Bulger has 2 ProBowls behind and knows how to win a game.
    You go on believing what you want. The Ravens are stacked for this year. We will be playing in late January when you are watching TV.

  52. Come on Stillerz?!? Not sold on Flacco?
    I think the Organization wasn’t sold on ANY of the receivers besides Mason. He’s got some new toys in TE’s Pitta and Dickson, Anquan Boldin, and still has Rice and Mason as a safety blanket. Lets not forget about Heap too.
    I have a feeling that Defenses are gonna have a tough time covering those men when they’re on the field. Its ‘pick your poison’ time.
    As they say, it gets settled on the field, not on paper. Judging by how Flacco has done with average at best compliment of receivers for the past 2 years, this will be a defining year for him and he’ll be a top-tier QB in my opinion.

  53. @Stillerz LOL!
    I this signing has woken up the Steers fans. They know good Bulger is from his days in Morgantown.
    I smell fear y’all.

  54. I can’t believe my man TROY SMITH (the Truth) can’t get a chance at starting. I’m still leary about the whole viral infection when he was supposed to get the start his 2nd year in the preseason. I think its gonna rub some teammates the wrong way in the locker room. But this is how it is for some players. Hopefully somebody will give Troy a legitimate shot at starting. However it doesen’t seem likely.

  55. To all you Troy Smith loving idiots out there…….when are you going to get it through your thick skulls that he is terrible and will never start in the NFL……he is a sub-standard back-up and isn’t half the QB Bulger is………

  56. jay98, Troy Smith cannot get a chance to start because he cannot play……….make sense????

  57. also…………what is so difficult to understand here………..TROY WASNT TRADED BECAUSE HE WASNT (AND ISNT) WANTED AND HE ISNT WORTH TRADING FOR……..PERIOD!

  58. Stillerz = typical Steelers fan (aka idiot!)
    Burningriver = typical Brownstain fan (aka loser!)

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